The Paloma & A Cocktail Class


I spent a couple cocktail hours making palomas a few different ways…I can confidently tell you, this is THE ONE! Turns out, skip the fresh grapefruit juice, grapefruit soda is where it’s at! This recipe is based on the ingredients used at Hotel Madrid in Milwaukee. Good luck not making it a double header, even at brunch. Been there, done that!img_2931The two keys here are the grapefruit soda and the Tajin seasoned rim. You can find both of these at any Mexican grocery store. Tajin is a mix of sea salt, mild chilies and lime. Don’t skip this!! It will make you pucker a tiny bit until that grapefruit soda hits your tongue. And it will make your mouth water for that next sip! You’ll use Tajin for other things, I promise. Corn on the cob? Dead. img_2925My two favorite and IMO essential cocktail tools are a strong citrus juicer and this mini measuring cup. Game changing. (Bookmark that measuring cup for later…it appears to be experiencing quarantine pricing…)img_2928The “Cocktail Class”: In spirit of Cinco de Mayo, I made cocktail kits with the Paloma ingredients to drop off at my friends’ houses for our virtual happy hour. I even found these mini Tajin seasonings on amazon – how cute are they?!

I included a “side beer” because A) It’s Wisconsin and Quarantine Times and you should have a beer while you’re making your cocktail…and B) I work for MolsonCoors now and SOL is one of my brands! Gotta #rep ;)

Step 1: Crack open your SOL.img_2954Step 2: Season your rim.img_2956Step 3: Stir together the tequila, grapefruit soda, and lime juice. Add ice.img_2959Step 4: Salud!img_2960Fair warning, these go down FAST. Despite the 2:1 ratio, you hardly taste the tequila…

The Paloma

Makes 1 cocktail


  • 2 oz blanco tequila (1/4 cup)
  • 4 oz grapefruit soda (1/2 cup)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Tajin seasoning for the rim


Run a cut (already juiced is easiest) lime along the rim of your glass and then dip it in the Tajin seasoning to create the seasoned rim. Pour the grapefruit soda, lime juice, and tequila into the glass. Stir and add ice.

It’s easy to multiply and make a pitcher, if your quarantine party is more than 1 :)


One response »

  1. Mmmm!!!! I love Palomas – especially with Grapefruit soda : ) I have not tried with the Tajin rim, can’t wait!

    Any recommendations on the best ingriedient to add to make a “spicy” Paloma? Serano or Jalapeno peppers muddled?



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